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Why study the evolution of immunity?

Nature Immunology volume 8, pages 547548 (2007) | Download Citation

Investigations of immune recognition in nonmammalian species provide new insights into the evolution of immunity and the inner workings of the mammalian immune system. Very diverse mechanisms are used by different multicellular organisms to recognize and cope with the rapidly evolving microbial world.

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  1. Gary W. Litman is in the Department of Pediatrics, University of South Florida Children's Research Institute, St. Petersburg, Florida 33701, USA, and the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida 33612, USA.

    • Gary W Litman
  2. Max D. Cooper is in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Microbiology, and Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama 35294, USA. max.cooper@ccc.uab.edu

    • Max D Cooper

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